September 30, 2016
Image sharing forum now takes 50MB images
The image sharing forum "A picture I took" at Nikonians now allow for large image uploads. You can attach images of up to 50MB each to your post. If the image is larger than 1800 pixels widest side, it will be reduced to that size.
For smaller devices and screens, the image is automatically reduced to fit the screen.
Enjoy your community!
September 27, 2016
Nikonians fundraiser 2016 beginsNikonians.org founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) have kicked off the 2016 fundraising campaign.
The target for this campaign is $50,000 and once again the funds are destined to help keep up with growing requirements for increased technical goals.
Introducing the campaign, our founders remind us we are a not-for-profit community, and any revenue generated through our operations is reinvested to sustain our growth.
We have achieved the following based upon last years fundraising campaign:
Secure connection to all of our sites (TLS aka SSL), changed the way images are shown in the forums using a new resizing and caching service, new servers with better performance, improved delivery speed using a Content Delivery Network (CDN), introduced NEF upload possibility (in certain forums), better support for the "white theme" with dark text on white background, improved readability and enhanced mobile usage experience to mention just a few items.
There are though lots of items we are pursuing and some of them are only feasible with your additional support, such as improving the image galleries and organizing more events and local gatherings.
Your support will allow us to pursue our work and continue our mission to share, learn and inspire.
Check our 2016 Fundraising Campaign page today. It provides easy access to our donation system and includes links to
our Wiki: Are you doing all this for a profit?
and What was done with the money in earlier fundraising campaigns?
September 13, 2016
Academy instructors touring the globe
Our Nikonians Academy instructors are all around the world over these next two weeks.
Steve Simon is in Cuba, Rick Hulbert in Chicago, and Mike Hagen is in the Galapagos Islands.
They are all running workshops with intrepid photographers who aspire to improve their skills in many the most visually interesting areas around the world.
We've just posted six new workshops to www.nikoniansacademy.com.
This intimate six-day masterclass (limited to 10 students) will take you to some of the most picturesque, interesting and exciting locations in Havana and beyond.
Lester Picker is opening his October trip to Acadia National Park for Nikonians members and we've included a link on the site to sign up. Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine's Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna... and weather.
Mike Hagen has posted three of his 2017 trips, including workshops to Iceland, Galapagos and Tanzania. He still has one seat available for our Tanzanian photo safari this November, so email him right away if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our partnership with CreativeLive continues to grow and we are happy to announce Photo Week, running from September 26-29, 2016. Watch live for free. Attend in person if you are in New York City. Buy the workshops at a pre-show discount of $199 vs. $499 after shows air.
Mike Hagen tells us Photo Week is the biggest online photography education event, ever. Join more than 50 thousand students worldwide and get access to:
► 24 live classes taught by top-tier, expert photography instructors that you can watch at home, live, and for free.
► A photo school-style education in 4 days -- learn the techniques, tools, and gain insights in a fraction of the time, for less, and with the best instructors.
► A full post-processing track that will take your images from bland to show-worthy.
Here's our Nikonians link to sign up.
September 6, 2016
Congrats Nikonians July Photo Contest winnersNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the July 2016 competitions.
Congratulations to our winners!
This month we have two winners in the Wildlife category.
We encourage you to click on the links to each image for a closer look.
All Silver, Gold and Platinum members are eligible to participate in any and all theme categories of the monthly forums contests and online assignments.
Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners. The image titles include links to the winning entries along with a look at the competition in each category.
1-A - Wildlife - "Small Feathered Friends" theme winner Roberta Davidson (Birdied), from Louisiana, USA with her image titled Female Red Winged Blackbird.
1-B - Wildlife - "Small Feathered Friends" theme winner Jesse Martinez (jesse101) from Montana USA with his image titled Red winged Blackbird.
2 - Landscape - "Sunrise or sunset with water as a significant feature" theme winner Nicholas Randall (NRandall), from Victoria, Australia with his image titled Capturing the Rising Sun - Point Addis.
3 - Macro - "Jewels or Jewelry" theme winner Jesse Martinez (jesse101), from Montana USA with his image titled Jewels.
4 - Travel - "History through a Nikon" theme winner James Reynolds (reynja), from Texas, USA with his image titled Corsair Wreck - Oahu, HI - USA.
5 - Digital Artistry - "Water" theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7), from Oregon, USA with his image titled Dew Drops on Web.
6 - July Assignment - "Isolation" theme winner Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760), from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled Defeat.
Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.
The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his assignments updates here.
The current September Assignment is "Environment."
Your challenge is to use your photographic skill to focus attention on environmental issues.
Wall worthy images that evidence pollution or ecological damage would be perfect, as would images demonstrating the positive effects of responsible environmental management.